Maruti Suzuki is on a roll. The Indo-Japanese carmaker introduced the Ignis early this year, followed by the Baleno RS and 2017 Dzire Tour. The company also previewed the much-awaited new-generation Dzire that will go on sale in India on 16th May 2017. Prior to the Dzire launch, Maruti Suzuki has come up with the 2017 model year of its popular commercial van – Eeco. Despite sporting subtle cosmetic updates, the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Eeco looks similar to the previous model. Mechanically, too, the updated model remains unchanged.
First previewed at the 2010 Auto Expo, the Maruti Eeco was introduced as a replacement to the Versa that failed to generate volume for the company. Maruti phased out the Versa in late 2009. So, the Eeco has completed good six years in the Indian market and doing really well for the Indo-Japanese carmaker. Photo Gallery: Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
Power source for the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Eeco remains the same – i.e. 1.2-litre 16V inline four-cylinder petrol motor. This BS4-compliant engine makes a top power of 73bhp at 6,000rpm and 101Nm of peak torque at 3,000rpm. The updated model continues to come with the optional CNG kit. Delivering power to the rear wheels is the conventional 5-speed manual gearbox.
Mileage figures of the 2017 Eeco will remain unchanged. The petrol model gives a decent fuel economy of 13kmpl in city and 15kmpl on highways, while the CNG version returns 18km/kg and 20 km/kg on urban and free roads respectively. Read – 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift – All You Need To Know
Similar to the old model, the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Eeco will be available with two seating layouts – 5-seats (with and without AC) and 7-seats (without AC). Exterior design is more or less similar to the previous version. It continues to come with headlamp levelling, tubeless radial tyres, side impact beams and high mount stop lamp. Dimensions, too, remain unchanged – 3,675mm (length), 1,475mm (width) and 1,800mm (height). The wheelbase stands at 2,350mm.
It’s the cabin that receives a few feature upgrades including – black door trim, rear seat inbuilt headrest and 12V air-conditioning. Other features have been carried over from the old model. The car features the same black and beige interior theme with integrated head rests in front seat row, seatbelts, digital trip meter, Diagonal Shift Assistance for smooth gear shifting and Engine Management System.